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1. Airport Authority OKs Update to Design Plan -

Memphis International Airport leaders are moving forward with plans to consolidate all of the airline and retail operations to an updated Concourse B.

As a part of those modernization and consolidation efforts, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners approved Thursday, Jan. 19, an amendment of AERO Systems Engineering Inc.’s jet bridge and aircraft parking utilization study.

2. Metropolitan CEO Explains Renasant Merger -

Not many people were racing to start up banks in 2008, with the underpinnings of the financial system teetering. One of the few who did was Curt Gabardi, a former Regions Bank executive who envisioned a bank that would focus primarily on commercial and private banking clients.

3. Graves Named Director Of Downtown YMCA -

Angelic Graves has joined YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South as executive director of the Louis T. Fogelman Downtown YMCA. Graves, a Chicago native, comes to Memphis from the YMCA of Metro Chicago, where she most recently served as executive director of the South Side YMCA.

4. CBU’s Mike Nienaber Enjoys the Wins, Survives the Losses -

Mike Nienaber has won a lot of college basketball games. Recently, he bagged No. 300 as the coach at Christian Brothers University. Before that, he won 242 games for Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn.

5. Last Word: Charter Schools Views, Capitol Hill Round Up & Explaining The Cold War -

Double trouble Wednesday in Oklahoma. The Grizz lose to the Thunder 103-95 in OKC. They are on their way to Houston for a Friday game before returning home Sunday for the MLK game against the Chicago Bulls at the Forum. Meanwhile Tigers lose to Tulsa Wednesday, also in Oklahoma, 81-71. They are back at the Forum Saturday to play South Florida.

6. LA Fitness Eyes Collierville, Urban Village Moves Ahead -

1048 W. Poplar Ave.
Collierville, TN 38017

Sale Amount: $3.7 million

Sale Date: Jan. 5, 2017

Buyer: Fitness International LLC

7. Robinson Takes on Dual Roles At Campbell Clinic -

Dr. James Robinson recently joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics in two roles: as the lead physician for the clinic’s new daytime walk-in program and as a sports medicine family practice doctor treating sports injuries for young athletes and weekend warriors.
The walk-in clinics are offered at all five Campbell Clinic locations, and Robinson staffs the program in the Germantown office. 

8. Define Your Giving Priorities in 2017 -

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. As 2016 came to a close there was an avalanche of well-crafted requests to give to nonprofits. These came in the U.S. mail and via email. They were on TV, radio, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere!

9. Parkside Developers Finish Acquiring Land for Shelby Farms Urban Village -

Developers of Parkside at Shelby Farms, a proposed mixed-use project, took another step forward with the purchase nearly 40 acres of vacant property adjacent to Shelby Farms.

10. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

11. Downtown Hotel Sells for Nearly $6 Million -

A Downtown Memphis hotel property has sold for $5.9 million.

A Georgia business named 22 North Third LLC purchased the Econo Lodge Downtown and its garage, located at 22 N. B.B. King Blvd and 28 N. B.B. King Blvd., from Bluff City Partners LLC in a Dec. 29 warranty deed. Mabra Holeyfield signed the deed as chief manager of Bluff City Partners.

12. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $50 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

13. Germantown Park Offices Sell for Nearly $48 Million -

A large office park near the intersection of Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove Road in Cordova has been sold for nearly $48 million.

New York-based DRA Advisors LLC, acting as DRA CRT Germantown Center LP, sold six parcels to Real Capital Solutions, acting as EAT-1615 LLC, for $47.8 million.

14. Midtown Retail Property Sells for $5 Million -

1625 Poplar Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104 

Sale Amount: $5 million

Sale Date: Dec. 21, 2016

15. Awards Recognize Highest Ideals of Public Service -

Public service is a worthy legacy, and one that the Rotary Club of Memphis East wants to recognize and encourage in the next generation.

The annual Bobby Dunavant Public Servant Awards recognize one elected official and one non-elected public employee who have exemplified the virtues of former Probate Court Clerk Bobby Dunavant, for whom the award is named.

16. Large Deals, Office Construction Among Memphis' Commercial Real Estate Trends -

Coming off of a strong year in 2015, the commercial real estate market in the Memphis metropolitan area continued to do well in 2016.

Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors, said his company was tracking approximately 6 million square feet of net absorption in the industrial market headed into the last week of 2016, as compared to 8.4 million in 2015.

17. Fred's, A Small Drugstore Chain, May Become National Player -

NEW YORK (AP) – Fred's, a small regional drugstore chain from Memphis, Tennessee, had a very good week last week.

It all started Tuesday, Dec. 20, when Fred's said it would pay $950 million to buy 865 stores that Rite Aid needed to sell in order to appease anti-trust regulators and close its $9.4 billion buyout deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

18. Cordova’s Future LA Fitness Site Sells for $2.4M -

LA Fitness is one step closer to opening a Cordova location.

Insomnia Inc., the company owned by former topless-club operator Steve Cooper, sold two parcels near its former restaurant/nightclub on Fischer Steel Road to Orlando, Florida-based National Retail Properties Inc. for $2.4 million, according to a Dec. 20 warranty deed. The same day as the sale, Fitness International LLC, an affiliate of L.A. Fitness International LLC, signed a lease with National Retail Properties for the property.

19. Growing Pains -

First came the ho-hum start that left open the possibility the Grizzlies’ harshest critics might be right: This season could be the fast-forwarded beginning of an end, a sad narrative that could leave the Grizzlies on the outside of the postseason after a thrilling six-year run.

20. Office Holiday Parties: Naughty or Nice? -

If there is any human resources professional who still needs a good argument to present to management in favor of NOT having a holiday party with copious amounts of alcohol, I encourage you to show your decision makers the new film, “Office Christmas Party,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman.

21. $950M Deal Would Make Fred's No. 3 Nationwide -

Memphis-based Fred’s Inc. has agreed to buy 865 Rite Aid stores from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. for $950 million, which will make Fred's the third-largest drugstore chain nationwide.

22. County Commission Approves Specific Minority Contract Percentages -

Shelby County Commissioners gave final approval Monday, Dec. 19, to a resolution that sets specific percentages for specific minority and other groups for getting a share of county government contracts.

23. Memphis Chamber Announces Program to Assist Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses -

At a press conference fittingly held at the National Civil Rights Museum, The Greater Memphis Chamber announced their newest pilot program Thursday, Dec. 15: the Ascend Memphis Business Development Pilot Program.

24. Last Word: St. Jude Dollar Amounts, Fred's On The Move and The Treble Clef -

Grizz over the Trailblazers 88 – 86 Thursday evening at the Forum. At the end of the first half, Grizz coach David Fizdale had to be restrained by players on the way off the court after a technical was called on him. And welcome to Memphis, Toney Douglas. We love what you are doing with the fourth quarter.

25. U of M Professor Writes Medical Neutrality Editorial -

Dr. Soumitra Bhuyan, assistant professor of Health Systems Management and Policy in the University of Memphis School of Public Health, is the lead author of an editorial urging the international community to defend medical neutrality in war zones and calls for the United Nations to act when health care facilities are attacked.

26. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

27. Last Word: Fire Recovery, Justice Department Work Begins and Rocky Top Angst -

The death toll in the East Tennessee wildfires goes to 10 Thursday as the recovery effort moves beyond a search for those missing. The count of buildings burned in Sevier County is estimated at more than 700 – 300 just in Gatlinburg. And 47 people are injured by the latest count. The count of those who died in the fires includes confirmation that Jon and Janet Summer of Memphis are among the dead recovered so far.

28. MAA Closes Merger With Post Properties -

Memphis-based real estate investment trust MAA has completed its $4 billion merger with rival Post Properties Inc., creating a combined company with an equity market capitalization of about $11 billion and overall market cap of $15 billion.

29. Jernigan Capital to Invest $12.6M in Florida Facilities -

Jernigan Capital Inc. is investing $12.6 million in two storage facilities in Florida, the Memphis-based real estate investment trust has announced.

30. Jernigan Capital to Invest $12.6M in Florida Facilities -

Jernigan Capital Inc. is investing $12.6 million in two storage facilities in Florida, the Memphis-based real estate investment trust has announced.

31. Tied at the Hip: Conley-Harrison Giving Grizzlies Strong Point Guard Play -

Tom Thibodeau does not hand out compliments casually. He was demanding and exacting as coach of the Chicago Bulls and he is the same way with the Minnesota Timberwolves. And when he praises an opposing player, he isn’t offering a sound bite. He is simply speaking the truth.

32. Gill Seeks $25 Million Permit For New MAA Headquarters -

6815 U.S. 72

Germantown, TN 38138

Permit Amount: $25 million

Future Tenant: MAA

33. Transcript: CBU to Transform Campus, Transition to Project-Based Learning -

Christian Brothers University is not only changing the look of its campus at Central Avenue and East Parkway. Leaders of the institution are embarking on the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign that includes plans to “blow up” the university’s department of education to include Crosstown High School and the neighboring Middle College High School, extend internships to all students and to create a new library that is more than “air conditioning for books.”

34. Demand for Long-Term Care Insurance Expected to Rise -

With the youngest of the country’s 70 million baby boomers now in their 50s and the average life expectancy for Americans having increased to nearly 80 years, the need for long-term illness care either at home or in assisted living facilities is on the rise. Rates for long-term care insurance have spiked in the past several years, making the decision tougher for many considering the coverage.

35. Memphis-Area Leaders Unveil Five-Year Crime-Fighting Plan -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is anticipating a “net increase” in the size of the Memphis Police Department a year from now, as officers complete training and the city can begin to address a department he says is “hundreds of officers short.”

36. The Week Ahead: November 14-20 -

Good morning, Memphis! It’s finally feeling like fall outside – just in time for Graceland to flip with switch on Elvis’ Christmas light display. Plus, we have details on a couple of autumn-themed parties, plenty of basketball, and more to keep you busy in The Week Ahead…

37. Why is It So Difficult for Tennessee To Oust Indicted Politicians? -

Tennessee is lagging much of the nation when it comes to the ability to remove scoundrels from public office.

And, make no mistake, the Volunteer State has had its fair share of ne’er-do-well politicians who would likely have been thrown out of office if the proper procedures had been in place. 

38. MAA Q3 Earnings Reflect Merger Costs -

Memphis-based Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc. reported third quarter net income of $84.3 million, down from the $91.7 million reported by the real estate investment trust a year ago.

39. EdR Reports $3.5M Loss For Third Quarter -

Memphis-based EdR recorded a net loss of $3.5 million, or 5 cents per share, in the third quarter, the real estate investment trust reported Oct. 31. That compares to a net loss of $4.7 million, or 10 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.

40. Expanding Care -

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

41. EdR Reports $3.5M Loss For Third Quarter -

Memphis-based EdR recorded a net loss of $3.5 million, or 5 cents per share, in the third quarter, the real estate investment trust reported Monday, Oct. 31. That compares to a net loss of $4.7 million or 10 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.

42. MAA Q3 Earnings Reflect Merger Costs -

Memphis-based MAA (formerly Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.) reported third-quarter net income of $84.3 million, down from the $91.7 million reported by the real estate investment trust a year ago.

43. Federal Review of MPD to Take Two Years -

The U.S. Justice Department agency reviewing the Memphis Police Department will start meeting the public after Thanksgiving in the first two town hall meetings to hear from citizens.

The Nov. 29 and 30 sessions at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and Hickory Hill Community Center, respectively, are part of a two-year process.

44. With MAA, TraVure Is Gateway To Germantown -

The developer of Germantown’s mixed-use TraVure project is anxious to start work on the development’s centerpiece, a five-story Class A office building that now has an anchor tenant for most of the space – the headquarters of Memphis-based MAA, or Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.

45. Germantown PILOT for MAA Headquarters Move to TraVure Approved -

Memphis-based Mid-America Apartments LP has won approval from Germantown leaders of financial incentives for a new headquarters in the TraVure development in Germantown.

46. Germantown PILOT for MAA Headquarters Move to TraVure Approved -

Memphis-based Mid-America Apartments LP has won approval from Germantown leaders of financial incentives for a new headquarters in the TraVure development in Germantown.

47. AAC West Division Could be at Stake as 5-1 Tigers go on the Road to Face No. 24 Navy -

Top-ranked Alabama has scored more defensive touchdowns than any team in the country, but even the Crimson Tide cannot match the University of Memphis for volume of takeaways. Through six games, the Tigers’ 18 takeaways lead the nation.

48. Frustration Runs Deep for Customers Forced to Change Marketplace Plans -

Andrea Schankman’s three-year relationship with her insurer, Coventry Health Care of Missouri, has been contentious, with disputes over what treatments it would pay for. Nonetheless, like other Missourians, Schankman was unnerved to receive a notice from Coventry last month informing her that her policy was not being offered in 2017.

49. Germantown Retail Strip Sells for $1.8 Million -

A Germantown shopping strip has sold for $1.8 million in a Sept. 30 warranty deed.

Kneeland Downs Properties LLC, which lists an address in Fort Myers, Florida, purchased the property at 9435 Poplar Ave. from Patton & Taylor Properties, a Memphis-based general partnership,

50. Shorb's Next Steps -

Jill Crocker, board chair of The Urban Child Institute, remembers the conversation well. She and interim executive director Meri Armour were discussing the future and the person they would need to find to lead the nonprofit forward.

51. Southeast Memphis Portfolio Sells for $23.6 Million -

Multiple Properties

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $23.6 million

Sale Date: Sept. 27, 2016

52. Germantown Retail Strip Sells for $1.8 Million -

A Germantown shopping strip has sold for $1.8 million in a Sept. 30 warranty deed.

Kneeland Downs Properties LLC, which lists an address in Fort Myers, Florida, purchased the property at 9435 Poplar Ave. from Patton & Taylor Properties, a Memphis-based general partnership,

53. Litigator Kimberly Hodges Joins Ogletree Deakins -

Kimberly Hodges has joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, as a shareholder in the Memphis office. Hodges has 16 years’ experience as an attorney focused on employment law counseling and litigation. She comes to Ogletree Deakins from Federal Express Corp., where she served as lead counsel – litigation and employment.

54. New York Investment Firm Buys Memphis Warehouses -

Six warehouses and a parcel of vacant land in southeast Memphis have sold for a combined $20 million. The seller, Gateway McKinley Inc., purchased the seven properties in 2000 for $23.6 million.

55. Love of Outdoors Turned Into Life’s Work for Joe Royer -

No video games, no cell phones, but plenty of sunshine and fresh air. “I grew up like most Tennessee people, my dad took me hunting and fishing,” said Joe Royer, now 68.
“He got a canoe for using on a small river and I just fell in love with it.”

56. Fourth Bluff Momentum Grows With $5 Million Grant -

They’ve been called the “things between things” in Downtown Memphis.

In the earliest plans for the city of Memphis, they were part of the Promenade – a section of public land that includes the city’s first public library, the river view behind what is now the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and Memphis Park and Mississippi River Park below it on the other side of Riverside Drive.

57. New York Investment Group Buys 6 Memphis Warehouses -

Six warehouses and a parcel of vacant land in southeast Memphis have sold for a combined $20 million. The seller, Gateway McKinley Inc., purchased the seven properties in 2000 for $23.6 million.

58. Startup Confidential: 15 Interviews Later -

“Should I be doing this? How do I know I’m on the right track? What does success look like? Um … should I be doing this?” Those were the questions I woke up with nearly every day in the months after I launched my own business in March of this year.

59. Legal Views Differ On Stewart Case Publicity -

When the Shelby County grand jury decided last November not to indict Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling in the fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart, it set in motion a set of decisions by authorities to talk publicly about the case.

60. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host its “Siptember Sip & Shop” themed Vine to Wine tasting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Each event features eight wines, beers or cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

61. Last Word: Talking Terms on Beale, Bolton High's Past and DeAngelo Williams -

There will be a funeral in south Memphis Friday at Metropolitan Baptist Church for seven of the 10 people – three adults and seven children -- who died not quite two weeks ago in a house fire on Severson Street. The remaining three funerals follow into the weekend.

62. Private Equity Firm Pays $13M for Retirement Community -

950 Cherry Road

Memphis, TN 38117

Sale Amount: $13 million

Sale Date: Sept. 7, 2016

63. Three Industrial Properties Sell for $9.6 Million -

Malone Distribution Park 

Memphis, TN 38118

Sale Amount: $9.6 million

Sale Date: Sept. 8

64. Memphis Drawing More Out-of-Town Retailers -

Second- and third-tier retail markets are seeing a resurgence nationally, and Memphis’ own economic recovery is garnering attention from out-of-town retailers.

Among the higher-end retailers preparing for their first local store are Ikea, which is set to open in the next few months, and Trader Joe’s and Nordstrom Rack, both of which are in their early stages and are expected to open by the end of 2017.

65. Photographer Steber Captures Fading Legends on Blues Highway -

Bill Steber stood at the crossroads in the Mississippi Delta and made a deal with the devil that would allow him to not only master his photographic skills but become one of the most respected documentarians of Mississippi Delta blues. And kind of make a living (or at least fashion his life) while he’s at it.

66. Trust Marketing Mantra: It Takes Villagers to Reach the People -

Even if you have not heard of Trust Marketing & Communications Inc., you’ve seen their work.

67. Opera Memphis Brings Back 30 Days of Opera -

For Opera Memphis’ fifth anniversary of its “30 Days of Opera” event during September, the organization wanted to borrow a page from people’s Netflix habits and help Memphians literally binge watch the art form.

68. Enoble Business Capital Offices Sell in Foreclosure -

813 Ridge Lake Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38120

Sale Amount: $9.6 million

Sale Date: Aug. 31, 2016

Buyer: Merchants Capital Real Estate LLC

69. Preparing to Start a Business Creates Opportunity, Fear -

Meka Egwuekwe had a nice career going as a software developer when he co-founded CodeCrew. But he had to do it.

“It was both scary and not scary at the same time,” said Egwuekwe, who is also executive director at CodeCrew. “It was scary because I was walking away from a 19-year career as a software developer, where I could have easily continued successfully and comfortably for many more years.

70. Last Word: Hyde Lake, Global Ministries Exits and Another Big 12 Rumor -

A big day at Shelby Farms Park Thursday as the Heart of the Park renovations were formally opened. And it was also a cause to look back on where the park has come from.

71. Global Ministries Plans to Sell Its Subsidized Housing Portfolio -

Memphis-based Global Ministries Foundation is getting out of the federally subsidized housing game with a move to sell all of its Memphis properties and about half of its nationwide portfolio, which includes complexes in eight states.

72. Nonconnah Center Sale Could Boost Market -

In what is sure to be one of the top commercial real estate transactions of the year, the majority of the 1.2 million-square-foot Nonconnah Corporate Center has sold. ReMark Trust, an out-of-town investment group, purchased the property for $57 million.

73. Last Word: Heart of the Park, Tigers Opener Preview and Memphis In May Numbers -

“Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh, so mellow. Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow.”

It would appear this is that kind of September you would otherwise be remembering.

74. Much of Nonconnah Park Sells for $57 Million -

The majority of the Nonconnah Corporate Center has sold for $57 million.

New York-based Hampshire Properties, acting as Nonconnah Holdings LLC, sold the entirety of its portfolio at the Memphis International Airport-area office park.

75. Cordova’s Parkway Place Sells in Foreclosure -

1250 N. Germantown Parkway

Cordova, TN 38016

Sale Amount: $19.6 million

Sale Date: Aug. 24, 2016

76. Graceland Holdings to Manage Prince’s Home, Paisley Park -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the trust company overseeing his estate announced Wednesday, and the company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it.

77. Artspace Begins $17M Affordable Housing Project -

138 & 120 St. Paul Ave.

Memphis, TN 38103

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $17 million

78. Local Democratic Party Troubles Follow Abysmal County Election Record -

To those who don’t live and breathe politics, the Friday, Aug. 19, decision by Tennessee Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Mancini to decertify the Shelby County Democratic Party looks more serious than it is.

79. MAA to Pay $4 Billion For REIT Post Properties -

Memphis-based MAA will purchase Atlanta-based Post Properties Inc. for $4 billion, creating the largest publicly traded real estate investment trust by number of owned apartments. The combined company will have an expected value of $17 billion with an equity market capitalization of $12 billion.

80. Vols Offensive Line Rushing Into Much-Anticipated Season -

Jalen Hurd knows right where he stands among Tennessee’s running backs of the past and wants to be No. 1 in career rushing yards at the end of the 2016 season.

The junior from Hendersonville Beech High School needs 892 yards to surpass Travis Henry as UT’s career rushing leader.

81. Murphy: Allow Yourself to Be Guided -

When you open the website of Playback Memphis, the 8-year-old nonprofit founded by Virginia Murphy, the first thing you see is a banner memorializing Verdell Smith, the Memphis Police officer who was killed on June 4 by a criminal in a speeding car fleeing a Downtown shooting. In the picture, Smith is in uniform, smiling broadly, holding a sign that says, “I matter.”

82. Westminster Names Sparks Head of Upper School -

Amanda Sparks has joined Westminster Academy as the head of upper school for the 2016-17 school year. Sparks, who previously was principal of Haw River Christian Academy in Pittsboro, N.C., will lead the upper school faculty and staff in providing classical academics and a Christian culture for grades 7-12.

83. Last Word: Graceland's Important Day, MAA's $4 Billion Buy and Hotel Napoleon -

Before the rain did its thing Monday night at Graceland, the latest Black Lives Matter movement protest was a fact at Graceland’s annual candlelight vigil.

Some tension and lots of noise on the line at Elvis Presley and Craft where police stopped those whom they identified as protesters. And more than a few allegations of racial profiling by police.

84. MAA to Acquire Post Properties for $4 Billion -

Memphis-based MAA will purchase Atlanta-based Post Properties Inc. for $4 billion, creating the largest publicly traded real estate investment trust by number of owned apartments. The combined company will have an expected value of $17 billion with an equity market capitalization of $12 billion.

85. Shelby County Foreclosures Remain at Historic Lows -

Over the last several years foreclosure activity in Memphis and Shelby County has reached historic lows. Year to date, foreclosures are down 23 percent from the same period of 2015.

The number of homes in foreclosure inventory, properties that have been foreclosed but not yet resold by the bank, has fallen drastically. At the end of 2008, there were 3,925 homes in foreclosure inventory; at the end of July, there were 2,070, a decrease of 47 percent.

86. Editorial: Stories Abound As School Year Begins -

The best stories from the first day of school are usually not found in places like this.

They are told in the deepest confidence during the journeys to and from school and are treasured for decades to come. The further along the storytellers are, the more reluctantly the stories come – and that’s when the confidentiality must be at its highest.

87. Varsity Brands Warehouse Sells for $9.5 Million -

3131 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN 38133

Sale Amount: $9.5 million

Sale Date: Aug. 4, 2016

Buyer: Appling Road Memphis LLC

88. Varsity Brands Sells Warehouse for $9.5 Million -

The Varsity Brands distribution building in the Bartlett Corporate Park has sold for $9.5 million. A trust comprised of Oparts Memphis LLC and KABR Real Estate Investment Partners LLC sold the property to Appling Road Memphis LLC in a Aug. 4 warranty deed.

89. EdR Reports $17.6M Net Income for Q2 -

Memphis-based EdR saw a dramatic increase in its second-quarter net income, reaching $17.6 million, or 26 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30. That compares with net income of $2.9 million, or 6 cents per share, a year ago, the company said when it reported earnings Monday, Aug. 1.

90. Jernigan Raises Outlook for Earnings -

For Jernigan Capital, the newest Memphis-based public company that provides capital to self-storage entrepreneurs, the period between April and June saw the company achieve a handful of firsts.

Among the results for the second quarter, the company grew its net income to $5.4 million, up significantly from $1.1 million in the first quarter and reversing a Q2 2015 loss of $558,000. The second quarter was also the first time since the company’s April 2015 initial public offering that total income surpassed overhead costs.

91. EdR Reports $17.6M Net Income for Q2 -

Memphis-based EdR saw a dramatic increase in its second-quarter net income, reaching $17.6 million, or 26 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30. That compares with net income of $2.9 million, or 6 cents per share, a year ago, the company said when it reported earnings Monday, Aug. 1.

92. Fight Over Confederate Flag Taught Robertson How to Change Minds -

Memphis stands at the threshold of incredible possibility. In this series, we profile innovative Memphians who are driving our city forward and forging its future success.

Jenny Robertson is no stranger to controversy – far from it. As an undergraduate at Ole Miss, she was one of the leaders of the movement to ban the Confederate flag from campus.

93. Petschonek: ‘You Have to Be a Jack-of-All-Trades’ -

Can you get a business idea from a 30-day break from work, followed by a road trip? For Sarah Petschonek, founder and executive director of Volunteer Odyssey, the answer is yes.

A passionate volunteer with a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, Petschonek had become an expert on workplace culture and helping organizations find the right person for the right job. She even had a job lined up for after she graduated. 

94. Pinnacle Keeps Ramping Up in Memphis -

Pinnacle Financial Partners has been steadily ramping up its presence in Memphis since entering the market last year via its acquisition of Memphis-based Magna Bank.

95. BBB Names Crowder Director Of Business Development -

Carol Crowder has joined the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South as director of business development, responsible for increasing the number of BBB-accredited businesses and growing revenue throughout the 28 counties that BBB of the Mid-South serves. She also will work with accredited areas to help them take advantage of BBB services to help them promote and grow their businesses. Crowder has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and operations. She previously served as an associate director for ALSAC/St. Jude. 

96. Editorial: Compromise, Potential And Parkland Changes -

Maybe a certain amount of distrust will always be present in the affairs of the park that stopped an interstate.

There certainly is a good amount of “trust but verify” sentiment now that the Memphis City Council has approved the Overton Park compromise that evaded one mediation deadline and stretched right up to a second deadline before its details were set in stone.

97. Last Word: The Greensward Deal, Pulpit to Protest Call and Leader Federal's HQ -

There is nothing quite like a deadline to produce results.

I’m not talking about this job, although it is more than a coincidence that the closer a deadline gets the more you start to figure out how to write something.

98. Nonprofits Can Help Mid-South Heal -

We are no different from you, our readers. We have been grappling with emotions, engaged in conversations, and reflecting on our role – and the role of the nonprofit sector – during these times of protest and grief.

99. Too Big To Ignore: The SEC and Its Ever-Growing Football Media Days -

HOOVER, Ala. – The SEC football preseason always has been loud. More than 30 years ago, the noise came via the Skywriters Tour and the rattle and roar of a DC-3 propeller plane carrying rumpled, hardworking – and often hard-drinking – sports writers to the 10 Southeastern Conference campuses for essentially unfettered access to the league’s coaches and players.

100. 3-Story Hotel Set to Rise In Southeast Shelby County -

7967 Lowrance Road
Shelby County, TN 38125

Permit Amount: $2.6 million

Issued Date: July 2016